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Tricks of the Show-Homes
Advice for home buyers don't be fooled by what you see in a new show-homes.

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It is common practice for house builders to use show homes to sell off-plan properties, but it is essential that you are aware that these can be misleading. This guide highlights some of the tricks used to sell off-plan homes allowing you to make an informed decision about their purchase.

The information will assist on some very important issues including deceptive show homes and snagging defects in new build homes, but it will only really scratched the surface.

Far too many fist time buyers properties can be disappointed their home is mere reflection of the show homes that they viewed. This is not only in terms of the number of snagging defects, but in areas such as the specification, landscaping and even the actual size.

Developers and builders spend large amounts of money on show homes, enlisting the services of interior designers and landscape gardeners. Here are just a few tricks of the trade for you to be aware of:

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All the lights will be switched on to create may be the false impression that there is plenty of natural light.

Internal doors may have been removed to make the house appear larger than it is.

Glass furniture and the use of lots of mirrors are installed to provide the feeling of greater space.

Fitted furniture may only be half the depth you would normally expect and smaller proportioned children's furniture is very commonly installed.

Bedrooms may only have a bed and a bed-side table. Items such as storage or wardrobes may be missing.

The fixtures and fittings will undoubtedly be of a higher quality or not included in the standard specification.

The garden will be professionally landscaped, which is either not in the specification, or will be to a far higher standard than the basic top soil normally provided.

The central heating are constantly on high, not to dry the house out but to lessen the time you will spend viewing.
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